Monday, October 1, 2018

I'm Not So Bad, Everyone Sins.. Right?

I was reading a book today and something I read about sin jumped out at me and made me think. Let me share.

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"No one is above the dilemma. No one is righteous enough to escape God’s judgment. Solomon wrote, “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins” (Eccles. 7:20). The apostle Paul wrote, “None is righteous, no, not one” (Rom. 3:10); and, “There is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (vv. 22–23). Notice carefully that when Scripture mentions our fallenness and the universality of sin, the point is never to excuse (or even to mitigate) the guilt we bear as sinners. No one should ever think, I’m not so bad. After all, everyone sins. But when Scripture speaks of the fact that all have sinned, it is always to stress the truth that without a Savior, the whole human race would be utterly doomed." 

 - from The Gospel According to God by John MacArthur (emphasis mine)

It can be easy to think that since everyone sins, it's not really that bad. Or to compare your sins with the sin of someone else. "Well at least I don't do that!"

When the bible tells us that we all are sinners it's not so we will think any of these:

  • "We all sin, it's not that bad"
  • "Well we are all sinners anyways so what's the point of trying to be good"
  • "No matter what I do I'll always be a sinner so whatever"
  • "My sin isn't as bad as my friend's sin"

As the above quote states, it's so we will think this:

"Since we are all sinners, we all need our saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Even though we will never be perfect, sinless beings, it doesn't mean we shouldn't try to do good as often as possible. We are to imitate Christ and TRY to live sinless lives.

1 John 3:6-10 New International Version (NIV)

6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.

10 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this Biblical truth! Bless you! <3

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  2. I remember years stuck in this cycle. It took finally getting to a place of surrendered to GOd. Choosing to Love Him and let Him change my love of those certain sins.

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    1. Good for you! God will show us the way if we just listen to him.

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  3. I am definitly a sinner in need of a Savior. And I am so thankful for Jesus.

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    1. We all are and I'm so thankful for Jesus too, Amen!

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  4. Unfortunately, that mindset is rampant these days, and pulls many people away from the Lord. I pray for a change of heart for those who think that way. Thanks for sharing, Kathleen!

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    1. Yes it is. I certainly didn't understand it when I first started studying the word of God.

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  5. I would love to talk with you about my book which deals with the topic of "habitual sin". Once we decide that sin is wrong and repent of that sin and ask Jesus to forgive us, what comes next? How can we leave that sin behind? How can we put aside old habits and learn new habits that will please the Lord? This is a vital topic. Yes, let's never go back. It's time to move forward. My e-mail is: onlywithhishelp@gmail.com My blog is at: https://jesusbetter.wordpress.com/ Blessings to you and your family! Hugh

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